Trip Start Jul 29, 2005
19Trip End Aug 15, 2005
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
was going to spend time at the market. And I pretty much spent all day
there shopping. I needed to buy a few things, but I knew that there
would be cheap souvenirs there anyway. And I love bargaining at markets
too, so it was very fun day for me. I started off getting scarves and
masks and a watch, but then soon enough I wandered into a different
section - which happened to be the Artisan's market. There's the
regular one for food and regular items, and then there was a second
want, but I thought it was too good of a deal to give up. Maybe I was a
sucker for buying so much, but I had fun and it was good quality stuff.
Originally I was supposed to head off toward Tikal the next day on a
bus in Guate. But I was so enchanted by Antigua and knew there was so
much to do within the city and nearby like Chichicastenago or Lago
Atitlan, so I realized that I needed to have a flight out of Guate to
Flores instead of trying to ride the bus over there. I knew I was going
to spend a lot more money to do a flight, but that extra day was so
much more worth it, in my mind.
And for lunch I found this amazing place with amazing cheap churrasco.
5 bucks for a flank steak and soup and salad. Perfect. Then I went back
to the room and the mother showed me pictures of the alfombra she made
for semana santa
Week and she decorated her alfombra interestingly. She was really proud
of it and it looked like it took a lot of time to complete. She also
told me of some neat places to go to around town. So I wandered around
some more in the market and I stayed until it closed. Everyone was
striking prices so far down at that hour. They really wanted to get rid
of some of the stuff. So of course I took advantage of it.
Unfortunately, I got lost trying to exit the market. So what happened
is that eventually all the garbage scavengers came into the area and I
just tried to exit as quickly as possible. A bit scary at first with
the whole market being enveloped by darkness while the utility crew
came in, but I managed to escape unscathed.